Book Fans Deserve Better Movies

Most, if not all, of these films have be re-made in recent years; yet despite the added CGI and other special effects, never seem to measure up to the originals. Sure, if you showed The Shining to a teenager in 2013, he or she would probably have a good laugh. It is getting tougher to scare people these days. But when it first came out, many people had a lot of sleepless nights. In fact, there was a scene in Insidious 2 (2013) that was very reminiscent of the classic scene in The Shining when Jack Nicholson axes his way through a door, eerily saying, “Heeeeere’s Johnny!” to a terrified Shelley Duvall . What was it about these movies that ended up starting a new genre? There’s research that shows that horror movies are an acceptable way of experiencing the darker side of our human nature without needing to go act out in reality. There’s the idea that scary movies let men and women experience their evolutionary roles of protector/protected. Adrenaline junkies can get their fixes watching these films instead of putting themselves in real danger. Folks who are bored or burned out in their day-to-day lives can experience the novelty of danger and terror. Whatever the reason may be, horror fans are as enthusiastic as ever. Each new movie “season” includes at least one, if not many more, films that fit the genre. As someone who is fairly new to horror flicks, I can say that I haven’t gotten any urges to hurt anyone from watching a scary movie. They don’t make me suicidal or homicidal. They do creep me out sometimes and even can haunt my dreams.

But, the most recent films failed to catch on as the earlier series had. Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, both based on young adult book series, were both critical and commercial flops. Mortal Instruments received a positive review from just 12 percent of critics on RottenTomatoes.com. In addition, it cost $120 million to make and market, according to BuzzFeed. Through four weeks, the film had made $29.6 million. Beautiful Creatures received positive reviews from 46 percent of critics. In addition, the film made just $7.5 million in its first weekend, according to E! Online. The first Twilight movie made $7 million just from its opening midnight showing. Beautiful Creatures and Mortal Instruments have been called poor rip-offs of Twilight. Its the perfect movie for those who thought the Twilight series just wasnt quite teenage girly enough, said Bill Goodykoontz of The Arizona Republic, about The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Movie directors and producers seem to have the false idea that as long as there are pretty boys and supernatural happenings, teenage girls will be dying to see their movies. If this were the case, every single movie made would be a roaring success. Obviously, girls are not drinking the film companies Kool Aid. It seems like film producers think any girl between the ages of 13 and 18 will want to go to a movie as long as there is a cute boy. While cute boys are always a plus, there are other factors that make a movie enjoyable.